The Nonsubscription Side of Periodicals: Changes in Library Operations and Costs between Print and Electronic Formats , by Roger C. Schonfeld, Donald W. King, Ann Okerson, Eileen Gifford Fenton, published by the Council on Library and Information Services (CLIR), June 2004, ISBN 1-932326-10-3.
Abstract from the CLIR web site: "Many academic and research libraries are in the midst of what may ultimately be a major transition for various parts of their collections' shift from print to electronic format. Libraries that had long subscribed only to print versions of journals are, in increasing numbers, licensing electronic versions to replace the print. What effects will this transition have on library operations and on nonsubscription expenditures? To answer this question, the authors collected new data on staff activities and costs from 11 U.S. academic libraries. They then performed a life-cycle analysis to study the longer-term cost implications of the transition. "
For more information, please see <http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub127/pub127.pdf>.
Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids, Sidney Perkowitz, National Academies Press, 2004.
"Digital People examines the ways in which technology is inexorably driving us to a new and different level of humanity. As scientists draw on nanotechnology, molecular biology, artificial intelligence, and materials science, they are learning how to create beings that move, think, and look like people. Others are routinely using sophisticated surgical techniques to implant computer chips and drug-dispensing devices into our bodies, designing fully functional man-made body parts, and linking human brains with computers to make people healthier, smarter, and stronger."
The book may be read online free of charge. For more information, please see <http://books.nap.edu/catalog/10738.html>.
Interoperability between Library Information Services and Learning Environments - Bridging the Gaps, Cliff Lynch and Neil McLean (and others), A Joint White Paper on behalf of the IMS Global Learning Consortium and the Coalition for Networked Information, May 10, 2004.
"This report addresses an issue which is of increasing interest on campuses, and is repeatedly cited as an important issue at OCLC Members Council meetings. It discusses points of contact between libraries and emerging digital learning environments, often mediated by course management systems such as WebCT and BlackBoard."
For more information, please see <http://www.imsglobal.org/digitalrepositories/CNIandIMS_2004.pdf>.
MIDI Toolbox Version 1.0, Tuomas Eerola and Petri Toiviainen, Department of Music, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.
"The MIDI Toolbox is a compilation of functions for analyzing and visualizing MIDI files in the Matlab computing environment. Besides simple manipulation and filtering functions, the toolbox contains cognitively inspired analytic techniques that are suitable for context-dependent musical analysis that deal with such topics as melodic contour, similarity, key-finding, meter-finding and segmentation."
"The Toolbox and a 96-page Manual (in pdf format) is available free of charge under the GNU General Public License from <http://www.jyu.fi/musica/miditoolbox/>".
Digital Collections and the Management of Knowledge, Renaissance Emblem Literature as a Case Study for the Digitization of Rare Texts and Images - DigiCULT Special Publication.
"The twelve articles which stem from the working conference on emblem digitization held in September 2003 at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, allow to exemplify how scholars in a highly specialised area of research together with digital librarians have taken advantage of information technologies, standards, and emerging best practices for the digitization of emblems and emblem books, and the scholarly work related to them."
The document is available in PDF; for the low resolution version, please see < http://www.digicult.info/downloads/dc_emblemsbook_lowres.pdf>.
From the "Introduction" to the report: "This report starts with a necessarily brief historical overview of the evolution of the information society, the promise of the Internet, and the efforts of industry and government to control access to information. It then describes the history and theories behind the idea of the commons, and offers numerous examples of online commons that are providing new ways of storing and delivering information. It concludes with a summary of why the information commons is so important today, a discussion of strategy, and a set of policy recommendations."
For more information, please see <http://www.fepproject.org/policyreports/infocommons.II.html>.
Metadata Authority Description Schema (MADS),(Draft), June 2004, Library of Congress.
"The Library of Congress' Network Development and MARC Standards Office has developed the Metadata Authority Description Schema (MADS), an XML schema for an authority element set that may be used to provide metadata about agents (people, organizations), events, and terms (topics, geographics, genres, etc.). MADS was created to serve as a companion to the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS). As such, MADS has a relationship to the MARC 21 Authority format, as MODS has to MARC 21 Bibliographic, but it simplifies data. Influenced by the FRBR development, MADS relates to MODS in new and useful ways. MADS is expressed using the XML schema language of the World Wide Web Consortium. The standard will be developed and maintained by the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress with input from users."
For more information, please see <http://www.loc.gov/standards/mads/>.
Persistent Identification: a Key component of an E-Government Infrastructure, CENDI Persistent Identification Task Group, CENDI, March 23, 2004.
From the Executive Summary: "As more U.S. federal government information is generated in digital form, it is increasingly important to develop a digital information infrastructure to ensure effective management and access. A key component of this infrastructure is persistent identification of digital information resources."
The CENDI report is available in PDF format at <http://www.doi.org/topics/PersistentIDWhitepaper-CENDI.pdf>.
Web-Wise Conference Papers and Resources. The papers are reprinted with the kind permission of the authors and First Monday, and first appeared in the May, 2004 issue of First Monday (volume 9, number 5) .
"Web-Wise 2004 was sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and co-hosted by University of Illinois at Chicago. This year's theme was "Sharing Digital Resources," focusing on the different meanings and implications of "sharing" in the digital environmentfrom technical issues of interoperability to the formation of new partnerships to reach larger audiences. Held on March 3-5 in Chicago the conference was attended by over 200 participants involved in the creation and use of digital resources, including library, museum and archives professionals, computer scientists, educators and learners."
For more information, please see <http://www.imls.gov/pubs/webwise2004/wbws04.htm>.
Access in the Future Tense, Daniel Greenstein et al., published by the Council on Library and Information Services (CLIR), April 2004, ISBN 1-932326-09-X.
"By publishing this report, CLIR hopes to broaden understanding of how creators, publishers, distributors, and information seekers can work more actively with libraries and archives to ensure the usability and accessibility of recorded information into the future. "
The report is available online in PDF and HTML formats. For more information, please see <http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub126abst.html>.
E-Powering the People: South Africa's Smart Cape Access Project, Susan Valentine, published by the Council on Library and Information Services (CLIR), March 2004, (print copy) ISBN 1-932326-08-1. Also available free of charge online in PDF.
"In July 2002, city officials in Cape Town, South Africa, launched the Smart Cape Access Project to provide free Internet access in six public libraries in disadvantaged areas across the city....Through interviews with librarians, users, and city officials, Cape Town reporter Susan Valentine describes the inspiration for the project, how it was implemented, and the enormous impact it has had on the lives of Cape Town residents. She also discusses the importance of private donations and partnerships to the project's success. "
For more information, please see <http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub125abst.html>.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, ISSN 1092-8235, published by the Sloan Consortium.
"The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. [Our] mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm." Papers are available in PDF and HTML format.
For more information, please see <http://www.aln.org/publications/jaln/index.asp>.
Calls for Participation
CIDR 2005: Conference on Innovative Data Systems Research, 4 - 7 January 2005, Asilomar, California, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 1 August 2004.
"CIDR offers a venue for innovative data systems architectures, as well as a prestigious publication opportunity. CIDR does not compete with the established conferences presenting rigorous treatises in established areas; rather its goal is to air radically new ideas. Such papers are typically speculative or are system evaluations. The visionary papers usually lack rigorous frameworks, simulations of performance, or prototype implementations but present a radical departure from conventional approaches that enables new applications. The prototype descriptions generally are a detailed report on successes and mistakes. "
For more information, please see <http://www-db.cs.wisc.edu/cidr/>.
E-Learn 2004, 1 - 5 November 2004, Washington, DC, USA. Call for papers. The submission date is 30 August 2004.
"This annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to e-Learning in the Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education sectors. "
For more information, please see the Call for Papers at <http://www.aace.org/conf/eLearn/call.htm>.
Digital Archiving and Long-Term Preservation (DIGARCH), NSF Programme Solicitation NSF 04-592 Call for Proposals. Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time) 14 September 2004.
"The goal of this program is to stimulate research that builds capabilities for long-term management and preservation of digital materials. As more research disciplines and societal sectors have come to rely on data-driven models and observational data, the archiving problem is growing, the shortcomings of current technologies have become apparent and the need to preserve historical material has become imperative. This program will support both technical and sociotechnical research topics."
For more information, please see NSF 04-592 at the NSF web site <http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04592/nsf04592.htm>.
Program Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement to Develop, Offer, and Evaluate an Instructor-mediated Online Course to Train Library and Museum Personnel to Plan and Evaluate Outcomes-based Projects , Institute of Museum and Library Services Program Solicitation. The proosal deadline is 15 September 2004.
"The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals to create, pilot test, deploy (for an initial two-year period), and evaluate a short, mediated, online course to teach library and museum practitioners to design and evaluate outcomes-based library and museum projects and programs. The course will incorporate the content of IMLS's 5-year program of classroom workshops for such training. "
For more information, please see the IMLS solicitation at <http://www.imls.gov/whatsnew/current/outcomescourse.htm>.
Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, 4 - 6 August 2004, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
"The aim of this annual conference is to foster effective distance learning applications through the sharing of new knowledge, skills, and developments among education and training professionals. The conference program will offer more than 150 concurrent sessions, workshops, advanced seminars, panels, keynotes, and online course showcases. "
For more information, please see <http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/>.
SIGGRAPH 2004, 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics, Association for Computing Machinery, 8 - 12 August 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA.
"Learn what you need to know at the...conference that delivers serious insight in nearly every sub-discipline of computer graphics and interactive techniques. Try the tools you need on the world's biggest and best CG & IT show floor. With a Full Conference registration, you have access to ALL of SIGGRAPH 2004's learning opportunities: Courses, Educators Program, Panels, Papers, Posters, Sketches, Special Sessions, Web Graphics. Creation Watch researchers create new ideas that work, and some that still need some work."
For more information, please see <http://www.siggraph.org/s2004/>.
Fifteenth International ACM Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 9 - 13 August 2004, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
"The ACM Hypertext Conference is the foremost international conference on hypertext and hypermedia. It brings together scholars, researchers and practitioners from a diverse array of disciplines, united by a shared interest in innovative textual and multimedia information spaces with emphasis on augmenting human capabilities via linking, structure, authoring, annotation and interaction."
For more information, please see <http://www.ht04.org/>.
Electronic Resources and Electronic Publishing, TICER Summer School, 10 - 13 August 2004, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
"[This] course aims to support university and research libraries in the current transitional phase and to identify new roles and opportunities for them. Also highly relevant for publishers and related businesses....Target Group: Library managers/directors, IT or systems librarians, licensing officers, and digital library project managers from academic and research libraries. The course is also highly relevant for publishers. Participants will rapidly be able to apply the acquired skills to their own organisation, as they will learnby means of case studies and the associated practical approachto deal with the problems and challenges that different organisations face."
For more information, please see <http://www.ticer.nl/04elres/>.
Library Strategy and Key Issues for the Future, TICER Summer School 15 - 17 August 2004, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
"In times of turbulent change, strategy is becoming ever more important for organisations in order to survive. Libraries in (higher) education are facing several challenges at the same time: the world of learning is changing rapidly; the demands from researchers are becoming more critical; technology offers possibilities but at the same time developments in this area are dazzling; many libraries face budget cuts. How to deal with these complex and intertwined issues is the topic of the course. Leading speakers will lecture about strategic issues, presenting their vision for the coming 3 to 5 years. These visions will be discussed, enabling managers to anticipate trends when planning and formulating their own library policy. [This] course is an ideal opportunity to get a broad view of where libraries are heading in general and how to use these visions in formulating a strategy for particular libraries."
For more information, please see <http://www.ticer.nl/04strat/>.
7th IASTED International Conference on Computer Graphics and Imaging (CGIM 2004), 16 - 18 August 2004, Kauai, Hawaii, USA.
"This conference will provide an international forum for researchers and practitioners interested in the advances in, and applications of, computer graphics and imaging. It is an opportunity to present and observe the latest research, results, and ideas in these areas. Highlights of the week will include paper sessions, tutorials, and keynote addresses."
For more information, please see <http://www.iasted.com/conferences/2004/hawaii/cgim.htm>.
Change: Making it Happen in your Library, Ticer Summer School, 17 - 20 August 2004, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
"[This] course aims to identify new opportunities for libraries, to support librarians in developing a vision, and to provide librarians with tools to initiate a change in their own organisation....Target Group: Library managers/directors and other senior managers from academic and research libraries involved with strategic change."
For more information, please see <http://www.ticer.nl/04change/>.
ACM SIGKDD 2004, 22 - 25 August 2004, Seattle, Washington, USA.
"The conference will provide a forum for academic researchers and industry and government innovators to share in their results and experience. The program will include keynote presentations, oral paper presentations, poster presentations, workshops, tutorials, and panels, as well as the KDD Cup competition."
For more information, please see <http://www.acm.org/sigs/sigkdd/kdd2004/>.
World Library and Information Congress: 70th IFLA General Conference and Council, 22 - 27 August 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"Theme: 'Libraries: Tools for Education and Development', Information and knowledge are fundamental for Education and Development as well as essential requirements to improve the quality of life for people living in regions where the population has not reached a high level of economic and social development....In Latin America this demand for information requires that libraries accompany the educational process of all individuals by cooperating as mainstays of the education system and paving the way for knowledge, culture and social development."
For more information, please see <http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla70/prog04.htm>.
International Congress on Archives 2004: Archives, Memory, and Knowledge, 23 - 29 August, Vienna, Austria.
"Built around the theme 'Archives, Memory, and Knowledge,' sessions will address a rich variety of topics. For the curious, session subjects will cover: preservation of electronic records; tools for authoring online finding aids; dealing with ink corrosion; archival ethics; the changing image of municipal archives; preservation of migrants' cultural heritage; ICA descriptive standards and encoded archival description and context; building for preservation; principles for archives legislation; legal and practical aspects of the transition of political systems; distance education; creation of a national memory; development and access; and many more. In addition, a series of workshops will offer participants practical, hands-on experience."
For more information, please see <http://www.wien2004.ica.org/fo/index.php?ctNv1=&ctNv2=&setLang=1>.
ICETE 2004, International Conference on E-Business and TElecommnications Networks, 25 - 28 August 2004, Setúbal, Portugal.
"The purpose of the 1st International Conference on E-Business and Telecommunication Networks (ICETE) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the understanding and applications of E-Business and Telecommunication Networks. Four simultaneous tracks will be held, covering Global Communication Services, Software and Systems, Security and Reliability, Wireless Communication, and Multimedia Signal Processing."
For more information, please see <http://www.icete.org/index2.htm>.
EuroScience Open Forum, 25 - 28 August 2004, Stockholm, Sweden
"The Euroscience Open Forum, 2004 (ESOF2004) is the first pan-European scientific meeting ever staged to provide an interdisciplinary forum for open dialogue, debate and discussion on science and technology in society....Its objective is to bring scientists from all fields, and people interested in science and technology, from all over Europe to one meeting. The participants will be academics, policy makers, politicians and representatives from media and the science based industries."
For more information, please see <http://www.esof2004.org/>.
ICINCO 2004 - International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, 25 - 28 August 2004, Setúbal, Portugal.
"The purpose of the 1st International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO) is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the application of informatics to Control, Automation and Robotics. Three simultaneous tracks will be held, covering Intelligent Control Systems, Optimization, Robotics, Automation, Signal Processing, Systems Modeling and Control."
For more information, please see <http://www.icinco.org>.
Second International XML Database Symposium (XSym 2004), 29 - 30 August 2004, Toronto, Canada.
"The goal of this symposium is to bring together academics, practitioners, users and vendors to discuss the use and synergy between the [Database and XML] technologies. Many commercial systems built today are increasingly using these technologies together, and it is important to understand the various research and practical issues. The wide range of participants will help the various communities understand both specific and common problems. This symposium will provide the opportunity for all involved to debate new issues and directions for research and development work in the future."
For more information, please see <http://www.xsym.org/>.
Second International Conference on the Future of the Book, 29 - 31 August 2004, Beijing, China.
"[T]he conference will address a range of critically important themes relating to the future of the book, as well as its past and the state of the book industry, books and reading today. Main speakers will include some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the areas of publishing, editing, librarianship, printing, authoring and information technologies, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations by researchers and practitioners."
For more information, please see <http://book-conference.com>.
30th International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, 29 August - 3 September 2004, Toronto, Canada.
"VLDB 2004...[is an] international forum for database researchers, vendors, practitioners, application developers, and users....VLDB 2004 will continue the recently adopted policy of broadening the range of topics covered at the conference beyond core database system technology and to address novel approaches rather than dwelling on incremental improvements of existing results."
For more information, please see <http://www.vldb04.org/>.
ICHIM Berlin 04: Digital Culture and Heritage, 30 August 2004 - 2 September 2004, Berlin, Germany.
"The eighth International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting...will be focusing on digitization of cultural heritage and on the emergence of new digital art and culture forms....Curators, computer scientists, administrators, publishers and media producers, educators, IT professionals, scholars, entrepreneurs, libraries and museums professionals, artists and others invested in the intersection of technology and culture will come from around the world to share their experiences, learn new methods and forge new partnerships."
For more information, please see <http://www.ichim.org/>.
(Unless otherwise noted, text above enclosed in quotation marks is quoted from the web sites for those items or events or from press releases received by D-Lib Magazine from the hosting or event-affiliated organizations.)
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